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  • Apr2Fri

    Jesus didn't die for your sins

    Good Friday Sermon 2021 April 2, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    It’s almost impossible not to come to a Good Friday service 

    and feel sorry for your imperfections, 

    and assume that the sermon will have as its title: 

    “Jesus died for your sins.” 

    And no doubt there will be a majority of preachers today preaching a sermon on precisely that theme.

  • Mar21Sun

    Jeremiah brings hope

    Sermon for Lent 5 B (Jeremiah 31:31-34) March 21, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    In our year of living with COVID-19, 

    many of us have felt like we’re under siege as well.

    We’ve been fearful these past 12 months.

  • Mar14Sun

    God's Unfolding Story

    March 14, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Fourth Sunday in Lent
    Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-21

     

    I’ve said this before,

    God’s word invites us to enter into the story and to become a part.  Yes, there’s a God moment happening again today… unfolding in our midst. Do you want to be a part?  Of course you do. However, your enthusiasm might depend on...

  • Mar7Sun

    Cleansing for Justice

    A sermon for Lent 3 March 7, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Whoever now visits this coastline, and drives along the coastal highway, will notice an impressive row of exclusive clubhouses.

    The coastline is still as dangerous as ever, 

    but most of the shipwrecked people drown.

  • Feb21Sun

    Lenten repentance of “Ham’s Curse"

    Black History Month meets Lent 1 February 21, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    We need to repent and lament these texts that have been taken for over the centuries to abuse Black people.

  • Feb17Wed

    Life With God is Dynamic

    February 17, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Transfiguration Sunday
    Mark 9:2-9

    Six days later. 

     

    The Gospel opens with these words. Whenever an event is marked by days since - it’s clear something big took place. 

     

    We often mark life events in this way. One year ago we entered pandemic life. 

    Five years ago, the doctors gave you a cancer free diagnosis. 9...

  • Jan31Sun

    Exorcising for justice

    A sermon on Mark 1:21-28 January 31, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    What authority can we muster to destroy racism and prejudice?

    What authority can we claim to search out the white supremacy culture in our own hearts, in our own institutions?

    What power can we summon to call out the evils of consumer capitalism that enrich the Wall Street gamblers 

    and the top 0.01% 

    while the have-nots and Black, Indigenous and People of Colour continue to be disproportionately affected by COVID?

  • Jan3Sun

    God's Constant and Steady Star

    January 3, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Epiphany Sermon

    Matthew 2:1-12

     

    At my previous church in Toronto, there was a small glass tile cross, back lit by the sun behind the altar. There wasn’t anything fancy about the cross, as the church had more of a quaint cottage like feel. It wasn’t ornate stained glass but it let in the light.  As the faithful made their...

  • Dec27Sun

    Simeon, honoured

    A sermon for the first Sunday of Christmas December 27, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    My homework for you this week is this:

    Think of one or two people who helped your parents raise you.

    Think about them, how they assisted your parents when you were young, and give God a prayer of thanks and gratitude for them this week.

  • Dec25Fri

    God's Holy Interruptions Reveal the Brilliance of Life

    December 25, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Christmas Day Sermon

    Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3: 4-7, Luke 2: 1-20 


    Introduction

    For many of us, Christmas is a time of tradition. Growing up and for the first 30 years of my life, I had the same Christmas traditions each year. I knew what I was doing and who I was doing it with.  Visiting with each side of the family on...